Mixed martial arts fighter punched taxi driver in row over fare

Mixed martial arts fighter punched taxi driver in row over fare

A expert mixed martial arts fighter who regularly punched a taxi driver in a row above a fare will be discharged from the indictment if he satisfies the judge’s conditions, a court has listened to.

Dylan Tuke (25) known as the taxi driver a “sap” and a “fool” and told him “you’re not in your place now” in advance of he punched him in the head and facial area, breaking the man’s entrance teeth.

The assault occurred in the early hours of December 16th, 2018, following Tuke hurriedly jumped into the taxi without the need of inquiring if he was offered and told him to go to the metropolis centre, Garda Elaine Duffy told Dublin Circuit Prison Court.

The taxi driver was uneasy by Tuke’s behaviour and asked him to fork out the fare upfront, which led to the argument. Soon after Tuke assaulted the driver and acquired out of the taxi, he briefly returned to the auto, resulting in the driver to operate into a close by quickly food stuff restaurant. Tuke then still left the scene in an additional taxi.

Another taxi driver who witnessed the assault mentioned it was “horrific” and that Tuke was “like a male possessed”, the courtroom listened to.

Right after dash cam images of Tuke ended up circulated among gardaí, he was recognized by a garda who “recognised him from the media”, the court docket heard.

Tuke, with a previous address at Edenmore Ave, Raheny, and who now resides in Bathgate, Scotland, pleaded guilty to a single depend of assault leading to harm to the driver at Principal Street, Swords. He has no prior convictions.

At a sentencing listening to on Monday, Judge Pauline Codd said the most significant aggravating aspect was the threatening demeanour of Tuke and the threats he issued to the taxi driver.

Pursued victim

Judge Codd said the offence was also aggravated by him pursuing the sufferer on foot and the target getting a taxi driver who was conducting a general public services.

She mentioned the court should get into thought his co-operation, his age at the time, his remorse and the garda evidence that the offence was out of character. She pointed out that even though drinking liquor was not a mitigating variable, it contributed to his performing out of character on the night concerned.

The decide explained Tuke comes from a quite tough background and has had a quite complicated upbringing.

She mentioned he has not appear to adverse focus considering the fact that the offence and that the Director of General public Prosecutions (DPP) had initially consented for summary disposal of the subject in the District Court docket.

Decide Codd claimed the acceptable sentence was 18 months imprisonment, but explained she would defer the sentence until April 4th, subsequent, and impose a €200 fantastic.

She explained that if Tuke does not arrive to adverse awareness throughout the adjournment, she will deal with the matter underneath Portion 100 of the Felony Justice Act 2006. This segment allows the courtroom to discharge an accused human being from the indictment.

Choose Codd also ordered that the €3,000 which Tuke experienced in court docket was to be handed more than to the target or to a charity of their selection.

At past sentencing listening to, Tuke experienced tackled the court immediately, telling Choose Codd there was no excuse for his conduct that night time.


“My grandad was a taxi man and I’m so ashamed I did that,” he mentioned. “Violence is hardly ever the solution.”

In a target effects assertion handed up to court, the victim stated he now feels defenceless whilst driving his taxi and he no longer enjoys his operate. He mentioned his two front tooth ended up damaged in the assault and he still suffers from problems and has a facial scar.

Garda Duffy advised defence barrister, Aidan McCarthy BL, that she thought Tuke was performing out of character that evening, right after he had a couple of drinks. She reported he was exceptionally remorseful when interviewed by gardaí and he cried even though seeing the sprint cam footage of the incident.

Mr McCarthy stated Tuke became a specialist combined martial arts fighter at the age of 19 and has travelled abroad to partake in the activity.

He is not now competing as he is serving to to bring up his two more youthful siblings. The courtroom listened to his mothers and fathers are both of those drug addicts and Tuke’s childhood was marred by violence and addiction. He was largely lifted by his grandmother, who was in court to assistance him.

Mr McCarthy claimed it was to Tuke’s credit score that he has under no circumstances been in hassle with the gardaí in advance of, despite his tricky upbringing. He explained that on the night in problem, Tuke got drunk at a Christmas evening out with his club, which was not like him supplied his profession.

Counsel urged Judge Codd to look at imposing a sentence on Tuke that will prevent supplying him a prison conviction.

A conviction “could cease him in his tracks in conditions of his chosen career”, he claimed. It could prevent him travelling to competitions abroad, which are the major resource of his revenue.